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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas David King How to get there Getting to Tully Stadium, site of Saturday's game between New Braunfels and Tomball, is simple. Take Interstate 10 east from Seguin all the way through Katy to Spring Branch. Exit on Dairy-Ashford Road and turn right. The stadium is visible from the interstate. Tickets will be $8 at the gate, but will be available for $6 (adults) and $3 (students) until 1 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels High School. T Ihursday Special H«rald-Ztitung Thursday, December 12,1985 Page 8ATomball aiming for return to state finals By TOM LABINSKI Blaff writer Since taking over at Tomball, Coach Lynn Etheredge has turned the Cougars around, taking them to the brink of the state championship last season. This year, Tomball Is looking to take that extra stride, to become state champions. Playing in the championship game was a thrill for the players, Etheredge said, but losing to Denison left a bitter tast In the team's mouth. Denison has already been eliminated from the playoff hunt, losing to Austin Westlake last week, but the Cougars are as determined as ever to keep their appoint ment in the state finals. "Denison's losing doesn’t affect us at all. We don’t care who we play as long as we make It In. Right now, all we are concerned about is New Braunfels," Etheredge said. What concerns him the most about Saturday’s semifinal match with the undefeated Unicorns is New Braunfels’ size and Stephen Millett. "New Braunfels has very good size, offensively and defensively. They have a good strong offensive line and a fine tailback," Etheredge said. "Defensively, they are just good and solid," he said. The Unicorns do not corner the market on zero losses, as Tomball’s 13-0 record will at test. Just a look at the final scores to figure out that Tomball Is one of the best, lf not the best, 4A teams in the state. Tomball has outscored Its opponents 505-78 this year. The score of an average Cougar game Is an amazing 39-6. This from a team which lost eight starters from its second-ranked team lAst year. "We replaced a bunch of starters this year. We did not think that we would could go this far,” Etheredge said. Most of the slack was taken up defensively, he said, by ends Mitch Martin (190), Jim Tilley (210), tackle Bubba Menvllle (200) and linebacker Keith Hardwick (172). "Our defense has come along and im proved tremendously. They are quick and have done a good job In givng our offense the ball," he said. The Cougars have not forced as many turnovers as they did last season, but the eight fumble recoveries and 24 Interceptions is enough to keep most offenses busy. The busiest of the Tomball players has been left halfback Bubba Greeley, who has accounted for an amazing 2,243 yards rushing. In his four years at Tomball, the senior has rushed for more than 6,000 yards. "He’s not a very big kid (5-6,160 pounds), and has fair speed, but he is slippery," Etheredge said. Bolstering the running attack is the other halfback, Lewis Myers, who is just shy of a thousand yards with 910. And to keep opposing defenses from keying on the running game is quarterback Lance Pavlas, who has passed for 1,570 yards. The Cougars will pass about 30 percent of the time, Etheredge said, but Pavlas has been very effective in making the most of his throws. Etheredge has a 51-7-1 record at Tomball since taking over in 1981 after a one-year stint at Texas A&I. The only thing that will satisfy the Cougars in 1985, is win numer 53' and the state crown.Unicorns: Tension takes a holiday Mike Sullivan, the one-man windbreak. had an intent look on his face as he listened to the telephone A recruiter, maybe'* A fan? A groupie? "Two fifty-four." Sullivan said, repeating what he heard "Thirty-three degrees. "Hey coach, the lady on the phone says that football practice is highly discouraged today." Coach Tim Kingsbury laughed. "Hey, Sullivan, that lady on the telephone never played football." It was that kind of a day at the New Braunfels field house. Head Coach Jim Streety was "in with another scribe," talking with his hands and looking like Jackie Sherrill in his coordinated wardrobe. Stephen Millett grinned for the 8,000th time when someone called him "Mill-ETT,” as in Tony Dorsett or "Mill-LAY," as in Robert Goulet, from the mangled pronunciation at Alamo Stadium last week Wide receiver-kicker Leon Sneed wanted to know when the interviewers were coming to see him. No hypnotists for relaxation needed here No isolation tanks, no gurus, no soothing music. You'd think the Unicorns were playing Texas State School for One-Legged Orphans instead of Tomball, the team that started the season ranked No. I and did nothing but get better. Tomball has had teams taking downers all season. The Cougars pounded people, ran up the score, ran up the statistics. They won by an average of 33 points a game. They beat Bay City — yes. that Bay City, of 47-6 fame — 28-0 a week ago. But the Unicorns are loose. And why not? There are only four teams left playing Class 4A football this week. Just making it this far is a season s accomplishment. It's more than self-satisfaction, though. This team is convinced that with the right kind of effort, it can win the ballgame It’s got confidence. the breakfast of champions. Even the coaches are loose. "What do I know about defense?" Kingsbury said when asked about this week's plans. "I tell 'em to tackle everybody with the ball except the guy in the striped shirt " New Braunfels defenders sandwich a Calallen ballcarrier during last week's playoff gameNB defense on quest for big effort By BAVIS KINS Sport* editor The Crusaders had the Holy Grail. Jason had the Golden Fleece Cabeza de Vaca had the Seven Cities of Gold. New Braunfels’ defense has its quest this week, too Find No 22 in the red and white shirt, find him often, and don't let him run more than five yards before knocking him down. Twenty-two belongs to Tomball's Bubba Greeley, the 160-pound tailback who this season topped 6,000 yards rushing in his high school career Greeley and the Cougars face New Braunfels Saturday at 2:30 p m in the state semifinals in Spring Branch. "The number one thing this week is that we can't give up the big play," said Tim Kingsbury, New Braunfels' defensive coordinator "We have to make them go Bo yards to score." Game-by-game Maw Braunfels    Opponent 13    Austin    Travis    12 21    Seguin    8 35......... Gonzales    0 27    Alamo Haights    18 35    Schertz Clemen*    8 32    Lockhart.............0 3 3........ Canyon.........14 20 34 19 45 28 27 369 T oni ball 48 41 42 Kerrville Tivy .........0 42 Copperas Cove Fredericksburg 8 20 Waller Hays 16 49 Conroe Oak Ridge Uvalde 14 45 AOM Consolidated Gregory Portland ....... 21 40 Houston Furr Caialten IO 27 Brenham 129 53 Magnolia Opponent 42 West Columbia Rosenburg Terry ........12 28 Port Arthur Lincoln Ne* Caney . 0 28 Bay City Friendswood 0 IM Totals 25 0 14 0 0 13 7 7 0 0 78 Tomball is the best offensive team the Unicorns will see this season, with all-state candidate Lance Pavlas at quarterback and a set of big, strong linemen up front. But keeping Greeley from getting outside is the key to the game, Kingsbury said. "You’ve got to get ahold of him and hang on, ’ Kingsbury said. "He doesn’t like to run in a crowd, either.” Kingsbury compared Greeley to A J Johnson, the Clemens tailback who played for Southwest Texas last season. "He’s a real smooth runner," he said "He looks like he has pretty good speed — in fact, I’m sure he does He’s not like a power runner. But he has great moves, and he’s real fluid." Stopping Greeley will be like stopping a sports car with a 2-by-4 — you can’t do it with one blow, but you might be able to ever time "We’ve got to run to the football like we've never run before,” Kingsbury said "If we run to the football like I know we can, I feel we have a shot to stop them ” If the Unicorns can stack up the line play after play, the explosive Cougars might get a little antsy which is just what Kingsbury wants. "If we can make them go four or five yards a whack, they might get impatient and make mistakes." he said New Braunfels’ defense has done that the last two weeks, making teams work hard for yardage It means giving up some yards, but the philosophy has worked so farLocal players named all-academic Five players from New Braunfels and one from Canyon have been named to the first District 13-4A all-academic football team. Players with a 90 or higher average for the spring, 1985 semester were eligible for the squad, which was released this week. New Braunfels players named to the team were junior quarterback Alan Matney, junior receiver Tim Zipp, junior linebacker Paul Brotze. senior tight end Kirk Norton and junior lineman Mark Shafer Canyon’s representative was linebacker Ken D’AIfonso He is a junior. Nine players from Fredericksburg led the team They were Todd Enderlin, Drew Hardin, Mickey Johnson, Mark Hartmann, Tim Stuewe, Richard Klein, Mark Duderstadt, Darrell Whitworth and Kip Weinheimer. Players from Lockhart were Paul Till, Richard Perez, Cleveland Coleman and Matt Burton. Hays players selected were Jeff Lehman, Michael Alexander, Tommy Campbell, Brad Osborn, Matt Koellher and Barry Harrison. Hayden Johnson was named from Kerrville Tivy. The football academic team follows the lead of the girls’ basketball and volleyball programs, which began naming allacademic squads last season. DealirT time Baseball meetings heat up with multiple trades SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseball’s 1985 winter meetings, predicted to be a slow time for trading, keep speeding up. Just ask John Denny, Manny Trillo or Gary Roenicke Those players highlighted six more deals made Wednesday that boosted the trade total to IO, matching the number of swaps made during the entire 1964 annual meetings. "I’m delighted to be with the Reds,” Denny, a former Cy Young Award winner, said after Philadelphia sent him and a minor leaguer to the Reds for speedy outfielder Gary Redus and relief pitcher Tom Hume in the biggest deal of the day. The brisk trading far overshadowed the planned business, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth’s meeting with team owners. No new developments regarding expansion and relocation, the drug situation or the use of the designated hitter in the World Series emerged after the six-hour session. The owners did unanimously approve the sale of the Pittsburgh Pirates to a group of local businesses The New York Yankees, the most active team at last year’s meetings, made two deals — acquiring Gary Roenicke and a player to be named later from Baltimore for pitcher Rich Bordi and second baseman Rex Hudler, and getting utility infielder Mike Fischlin from Cleveland for another player to be named later. While the owners were talking trades, several general managers were trading players. The New York Yankees, the most active team at last year’s meetings, made two deals — acquiring Roenicke and a player to be named later from Baltimore for pitcher Rich Bordi and second baseman Rex Hudler, and getting utility infielder Mike Fischlin from Cleveland for another player to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who missed a chance to get Rickey Henderson last year and wound up not making any deals during those meetings, made two trades Wednesday Los Angeles filled a big void by getting lefthanded reliever Ed Vande Berg from Seattle for veteran catcher Steve Yeager, and filled Yeager’s spot as a backup by obtaining Alex Trevino from San Francisco for outfielder Candy Maldonado San Francisco made the other deal of the day, sending four-time All-Star second baseman Manny Trillo to the Chicago Cubs for utility infielder Dave Owen The Giants also spent part of the day working on a major trade that would have sent outfielder Chili Davis to the World Series champion Kansas City Royals for pitcher Mark Gubicza, outfielder Pat Sheridan and a highly touted pitching prospect In all, 22 players have been traded so far during the meetings, compared to 25 last year. ;

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